Repairing A Door

Purchasing a new door would be very costly, so you might want to repair your existing one. This is a page about repairing a door.


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I have a very old door with old door knobs. I never used the door until I got my little rescue Yorkie who loves to go up the stairs and through the door. My problem is that the knob doesn't stay attached even with the setting screws tightened. One side is an old glass knob the other a brass one.

I am afraid the knob will fall off and the dog will be stuck on the other side.
Can anyone help me fix this? Forget replacing the whole set up, this is an old door that is not normal sized and I am not at all handy.

Linda from Brooklyn, NY


February 12, 20090 found this helpful

I meant to add that you would need to remove the loose screw/screws completely, place whatever "filler" material you choose to use into the hole.....then screw the screw back into the hole. You may have to experiment to get the correct amount to fill the hole but not overfill it.

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February 12, 20090 found this helpful

If it's a screw that screws into another metal part you could try poking a small tuft of steel wool (even a little piece pulled off a new steel wool soap pad...SOS pad) into the hole. Maybe even a small twist of aluminum foil might work although I've never tried it as I always have steel wool handy. This might make the hole small enough to tighten the screw in the hole.


If it is a screw that screws into wood poke wooden match sticks (previously burned !) or several wooden toothpicks (or for a larger hole wooden golf tee tips work well) into the hole to make the screw fit tighter.
Hope these ideas that work for me will help you improvise and find something that will work for you. Good Luck!

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February 12, 20090 found this helpful

It's the rod that holds the doorknobs together. that the setting screws need to hold to...not sure about how this would work.

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February 12, 20090 found this helpful

Take the whole thing out (both knobs and the connecting rod). Take it to you local hardware or Lowe's and ask them about replacing the rod in the middle...I would guess that time has stripped the notches on the rod and hopefully someone there can just sell you a new rod and all you'd have to do would be to put it back in the door.


Good luck. (My brother tells me me that that is what I have to do with my front door, I just haven't gotten around to it. Maybe this will push me to do it). Thanks

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February 14, 20090 found this helpful

tennesue you and your brother are absolutely correct. I took the knobs and the rod to our neighborhood hardware store and bought a Progressive Hardware knob and rod set for $9.99. The young lady at the store helped me put it together and instructed me on the way to attach the second knob.
Took maybe 30 seconds and it is working fine!!!!I have another door that doesn't even have the rod or knobs and I am going to go back and get another set for that door.
Thank you and thriftyfun for this excellent site.

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On my front door there are three small glass panes with putty around it on the outside. It has been baked on for years in the hot sun. How do I remove it without breaking the glass?


Any help would be appreciated.

By judy from HI


June 30, 20100 found this helpful

My husband is a painter and he said to use a razor blade to scrape off the paint. Good luck.

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September 9, 2008

I broke the door frame in my house to my front door, where the lock is. How do I replace that part or do I have to replace the whole frame?

Chochies from San Marcos, CA


September 23, 20080 found this helpful

It would be best to replace the whole section of framing, but, it is possible to replace just the section that's damaged.

When you say, "... where the lock is." Do you mean where the door knob's (or dead bolt's) strike plate is?

Can you post pictures of the damage or describe it in more detail? Not all door jams are created equal to one another, nor is all damage. It may be possible to simply repair it with wood putty and/or wood glue.

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February 19, 2017

Because of their construction, hollow core doors can be fairly easily damaged. Depending on the extent of the damage you can repair, conceal, or purchase a replacement.


This is a page about repairing a hollow core door.

Hollow Core Bedroom Door

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